Sunday, 17 February 2008

Around the World on 80 Quid

I saw my first Fringe Festival show tonight. Around the World on 80 Quid is the story of an Irish gypsy fiddler and his adventures upon leaving Galway, Ireland, and travelling to Wellington. He just couldn't prevent himself from drinking, getting into trouble, and playing in Irish pubs all around the world. Each of these temptations were as appealing and deadly as they were in the country before, with similar consequences, yet ...

Aindrias captured the spirit of Italy, Greece, Romania, United Arab Emirates, India, Thailand, Australia, and finally New Zealand in music, accents, and mannerisms. I loved the way he fashioned a tea chest bass out of a box, a broom, and a length of rope and broke into a jazzy version of Sunny Afternoon by The Kinks - obviously something he wanted to play, and managed to include the song without it seeming contrived.

I'd happily see this show, or other works by Aindrias, again if he were to return to Wellington. Slan!

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